physical therapy
noun Date: 1922 the treatment of disease by physical and mechanical means (as massage, regulated exercise, water, light, heat, and electricity) • physical therapist noun

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  • physical therapy — ► NOUN US ▪ the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage and exercise. DERIVATIVES physical therapist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • physical therapy — n. the treatment of disease, injury, etc. by physical means rather than with drugs, as by exercise, massage, infrared or ultraviolet light, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, or heat; physiotherapy …   English World dictionary

  • physical therapy — n [U] AmE a treatment that uses special exercises, rubbing, heat etc to treat medical conditions and problems with muscles British Equivalent: physiotherapy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Physical therapy — Infobox Disease Name = Physical therapy Caption = This physical therapist is assisting two children with polio holding on to a rail whilst they exercise their lower limbs. Physical therapy, also known as Physiotherapy in many English speaking… …   Wikipedia

  • Physical therapy — A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities. Physical therapists work with many types of patients, from infants born with musculoskeletal birth …   Medical dictionary

  • physical therapy — The use of exercises and physical activities to help condition muscles and restore strength and movement. For example, physical therapy can be used to restore arm and shoulder movement and build back strength after breast cancer surgery …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • physical therapy — N UNCOUNT Physical therapy is the same as physiotherapy …   English dictionary

  • physical therapy — physical therapist. 1. the treatment or management of physical disability, malfunction, or pain by exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, etc., without the use of medicines, surgery, or radiation. 2. the health profession that provides such care. [1920 …   Universalium

  • physical therapy — noun therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities • Syn: ↑physiotherapy, ↑physiatrics • Derivationally related forms: ↑physiotherapeutic (for: ↑physiotherapy), ↑physiotherapist ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • physical therapy — UK / US noun [uncountable] American physiotherapy Derived word: physical therapist noun countable Word forms physical therapist : singular physical therapist plural physical therapists …   English dictionary

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